Turkey, Russia determined to boost ties: Erdogan

Cheryl Sanders
August 12, 2016

If a traditionally friendly country such as Ukraine has distanced itself from Russian Federation, the risk is that Turkey might now draw close, if only to raise the stakes in negotiations with the European Union and US.

It was the first meeting between Putin and Erdogan since Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet last November, sparking a deep diplomatic crisis.

Ankara has warned the West it could "lose" Turkey unless it showed more support for the country and its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a day after he met Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to fix their damaged ties.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the death toll as a result of the military coup attempt stood at 246 people excluding the coup plotters and over 2,000 people were wounded. "They had a telephone conversation, the two countries' foreign ministers met, so the meeting in St. Petersburg was a step in the right direction, and we welcome such scenario", he said.

An official in Erdogan's office said there was a clear consensus about improving relations that were damaged when Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border late a year ago.

Nato's second biggest member, Turkey has also recently endorsed the alliance's biggest revamp since the Cold War in response to increased Russian aggression.

"This visit seems to me a new milestone in bilateral relations, beginning with a clean slate, and I personally, with all my heart and on behalf of the Turkish nation salute Mr Putin and all Russians", Erdogan said in an interview with Russian state media on Tuesday.

"Erdogan's rapprochement with Russia, of course, is a strong signal to the West", the head of the Turkish-Russian Research Center, Aydin Sezer, told Sputnik.

Dmitriev is also expected to meet Turkish business people in St. Petersburg to discuss investment opportunities.

To promote bilateral economic cooperation, the two presidents talked about the Turkish stream pipeline project and construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant, as well as ways to revive tourism.

Erdogan said Turkey was entering a "very different period" in its relations with Russian Federation, and that solidarity between the two countries would help the resolution of regional problems.

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